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Seminar Programme 2014-15

Succession to the Crown of Canada – The Court Challenge and the Consequences

Professor Anne Twomey (University of Sydney)

6pm, 18 September 2014

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq

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The Day After Judgement: Scotland and the UK after the referendum

Professor Iain McLean & Professor Jim Gallagher (Oxford University)

1pm, 22 October 2014 

Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6, 31-34 Gordon Square

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A Constitutional Convention for the UK: What Form Should It Take?

Dr Alan Renwick (University of Reading) & Katie Ghose (ERS)

1pm, 12 November 2014

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq

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Extreme Devolution: How it works in Bermuda

George Fergusson (Governor of Bermuda)

1pm, 1 December 2014

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq

Understanding the Re-emergence of the English Question

Prof Michael Kenny (QMUL)

1pm, 8 December 2014

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq 

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Reforming Electoral Law

Nicholas Paines QC & Henni Ouahes (Law Commission)

1pm, 28 January 2015 

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Sq 

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'Austerity, inequality and the Scottish approach to economic growth'

The Right Honourable Nicola Sturgeon MSP (First Minister of Scotland)

2.30pm, 11 February 2015

Christopher Ingold Auditorium, 20 Gordon Street

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Farewell to the Commons: Reflections on parliamentary change over 40 years 

Rt Hon Sir George Young MP & Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

4 March 2015, 18:00

Committee Room 8, House Of Commons

Forecasting the 2015 Election result, and preparing for a hung Parliament

Sir Gus O’Donnell and David Cowling (BBC)
5.30 pm, 12 March 2015

Medical Sciences 131, A V Hill LT Medical Sciences building

(Joint with SPP Policy and Practice Seminar)

The 2010 Parliament — and a look forward

Lord Lisvane, formerly Sir Robert Rogers

6pm, 14 March 2015

Committee Room 1, House Of Lords

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Coalition or Minority Government in May?

Professor Robert Hazell & The Rt Hon Peter Riddell (Institute for Government)

15 April 2015, 1pm

Bentham B01 Main Lecture Theatre

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A Roundtable on 2015: The Campaign & General Election in Review

Wednesday, 3 June 2015, 6:00 PM

Speakers: Rosie Campbell, Justin Fisher, Matt Goodwin, Ben Lauderdale & Joe Twyman

Archaeology Lecture Theatre, 31-34 Gordon Square

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The New Government’s Constitutional Reform Programme

Monday, 8 June 2015, 6:00pm

Speakers: Robert Hazell & Fraser Nelson (The Spectator)

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Square
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Repealing the Human Rights Act: what will replace it?

Tuesday, 30 June 2015 at 6:00 PM

Speaker: Martin Howe QC

Council Room, 29-30 Tavistock Square

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These seminars are funded by her family in memory of Barbara Farbey, late of UCL, who greatly enjoyed them and who died in 2009.

What is the series?

Our seminars cover all areas of the constitution and open debate on a range of issues. We try to keep the programme topical and interesting and generate well informed and lively discussion between the speaker and our audience. We have broad discussions with high profile speakers as well as exploring more technical issues. We aim to keep the seminars accessible to all and film them for debate beyond the room.

Who are the seminars for?

The seminars are completely free and open to all. The presentations are filmed, however the Q&A is strictly under Chatham House Rule in order to facilitate an open and frank discussion. Our audience is wide-ranging, from official, academics and practitioners to students and interested members of the public. We aim to give you the opportunity to debate with those in the know.

When and where do the seminars take place?

The seminars are generally held at the Constitution Unit and can either be a lunchtime or evening event. Presentations are usually 30-40 minutes with another 20 for Q&A. Refreshments are always available before or after the event where participants can continue discussions informally. 

How do I sign up?

You need to register for individual events through our events page. Otherwise please contact Ben Webb (, 0207 679 4977) with any queries.







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